Cheadle father-of-two committed suicide after 16-year battle with depression, inquest told

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A Staffordshire father-of-two “just didn’t want the help anymore” and committed suicide three days after Christmas following a 16-year battle with depression, an inquest heard.

Alexander Paul Hood, 33, of Cheadle, Staffordshire took his own life on December 28 last year after a multitude of failed suicide attempts, North Staffordshire coroners court was told.

Mr Hood, a groundsworker, was found in his attic bedroom, against the door, after his partner and her family had not heard any movement in the room during the day.

The emergency services were called and after breaking down the door, Mr Hood was found to have hung himself, despite seeming fine in the days beforehand and having attended his work’s Christmas party.

Mr Hood’s mother, Sally Capper,  told the inquest that “everyone tried to do what they could for Alex, but he just didn’t want the help in the end.”

She added: “In the last couple of years, he had become distant with his family.”

Mr Hood had told his grandmother, four months before his death, that he missed his family “but didn’t want to bother (them)”, the hearing was told.

Mr Hood had told his GP in November 2017 that while “he loved his children, he believed they would be better off without him”.

However, he had shown signs of improving in the weeks before Christmas.

He was discharged from a mental health service with a referral to a better medical treatment and appointment in the new year.

In a statement read to the court, Dr Salahudeen, a psychiatrist, said Mr Hood had said he was even feeling and sleeping better, leading to him being discharged.

Assistant Coroner of North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Anthony Curzon, recorded the death to be of suicide.

Mr Curzon said: “He was a gentleman who had a history of anxiety and depression.

“My condolences for your very sad loss.”

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